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MIPIM 2020: What next for UK cities’ built environment?

Environmental concerns, new technology and increasing demands from our population – all have the potential to transform the UK’s cities over the next decade. Shoosmiths real estate experts give their say on what’s next for the built environment.

Kathryn Jump & Lisa Tye

“Cities will be cleaner and greener – electric cars will begin to predominate (buses and taxis have already started to go that way) and those living in cities will be demanding more green spaces as part of new developments.

“They will embrace technology that makes everyone’s lives easier – smart systems that tell you when trains/buses are running, up-to-date information on weather at immediate hand, deliveries to where you need them when you need them.

“There will, and have to be, greater flexibility of the living spaces in cities – co-living and multi-generational living spaces that provide facilities for people at all stages of life (as well as a built-in support system, for example where grandparents will be living close by to care for children and ultimately to be cared for themselves.

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despite the huge influx of data, cities will actually become more human as people crave the interaction with other people

Kathryn Jump & Lisa Tye
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the next decade will see more powerful local governments pursuing local policies designed to deal with the housing shortfall (for example, prefabricated housing).

Liz Sweeney
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There will be a huge shift generally towards tackling climate change and the built environment represents one of the most cost effective ways of tackling this.

Andrew Pattinson


This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. © Shoosmiths LLP 2022.


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